PhD in Management


Program Description

This Ph.D. program in Mangement will be particularly interesting both for those who wish to pursue advanced research careers or projects in public or private institutions or want to pursue their careers as teachers in higher education institutions or research centers.

Ph.D. in Management

It is with great pleasure that we present a new edition of the Ph.D. Program in Management. The success of previous editions has been achieved through the completion of good research projects and the consequent publication of their results in conferences and blind peer-reviewed papers published in good ranking international journals. These facts justify our enthusiasm and commitment to launching this edition.

Throughout its existence, the School of Economics and Management (ISEG) has had a fundamental contribution to the training of cadres and leaders of Portuguese organizations and international ones. ISEG's faculty and Ph.D. alumni display a good publishing and citation record.

The Doctoral Programme in Management aims to provide doctoral students with a deep understanding of management problems and a strong background in methods and applied management research techniques. The insertion into networks of researchers is promoted not only through the collaboration of teachers and researchers from several European and North and South American universities, but also by taking advantage of ISEG's membership of the Academic Council of EIASM - European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, based in Brussels, and the IMP (Industrial Marketing and Purchasing) Group, among others.

This Ph.D. will provide you the cutting edge knowledge on Business and management theory and the necessary tools, methodologies and research strategies for your developing relevant and impactful research in your specific area of interest in business or management. The development of the program although rather demanding both for full time and part-time students are compatible with keeping a professional or in industry activity. The school's facilities are excellent and the professors are very qualified, competent and friendly.

Entry Conditions and Criteria

The following are welcome to apply to study for a PhD in Management: 
> Graduates with a Masters, or equivalent; 
> Graduates with a Bachelors degree who have an especially relevant academic scientific curriculum which recognises their capacity to study for this study cycle. 
Applications are made online and have to include, amongst other documents: > Bachelors and Masters degree certificates; 
> A thesis project proposal of up to 2,000 words; 
> C.V.


Those who are looking for advanced education and who wish to carry out research in Economics, in preparation for a highly qualified role in the public sector or private sector. Such a position includes university teaching and research, the leadership and management of national and international organizations, consulting, training, and research projects and studies.

Study Topics:

The main fields of research for the PhD in Management are: Organisational Behaviour, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Information Systems, Operations Management, Strategy and Marketing.

Study Methodology:

The PhD student must register their thesis project during the 2nd Year of the PhD Programme, summarising the research topic and the name of the intended supervisor. To register their thesis project, the student must have obtained at least 40 credits in course units. The thesis project must be submitted for defence until the end of the 2nd Year and be defended by the beginning of the 3rd Year. The thesis project is an important part of the research work.
The project should include:
> The definition of the research question;
> A revision of the relevant literature;
> The strategy for the subsequent research, including the techniques for the collection and analysis of the data to be used;
> A chronogram of the work already done, and yet be carried out.
Upon receipt of the thesis project, the Programme Coordinator will appoint an examination panel that will assess the project and its respective presentation and defence. Having assessed the project, the examination panel emits its opinion about the thesis and may suggest amendments and a possible re-submission of the project, or even recommend its discontinuation. In addition to the thesis project, the PhD student should also make a presentation about the current state of their research during the course of the study programme. This communication will take place during the second year of the programme, during one of the seminars which are regularly organised by the Department of Management, and has to be booked by the PhD student with the Department of Management Office.

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Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The first school of Economics and Management in Portugal, ISEG belongs to the University of Lisbon, the largest Portuguese University. ISEG Lisbon is internationally recognized and accredited by AACSB ... Read More

The first school of Economics and Management in Portugal, ISEG belongs to the University of Lisbon, the largest Portuguese University. ISEG Lisbon is internationally recognized and accredited by AACSB and AMBA, complying with the best higher education standards. ISEG’s research centers are very well rated by the Portuguese research council (FCT). With an experienced and well prepared faculty, students from more than 70 countries contribute to an ever-increasing international academic environment, and take advantage of the school's excellence and location. ISEG Lisbon has excellent modern premises at the heart of Lisbon, right next to the Parliament and the river Tagus, in a vibrant neighborhood full of social life, business and culture. At ISEG, you will find a culture of excellence and achievement, alongside a climate of inclusiveness and cooperation. This is made by the mutual collaboration of students, faculty and staff. ISEG is a School prepared for the future: with a unique blend of quantitative skills and social contextualization of economic and managerial decisions, ISEG’s faculty, professionals, students and alumni are at the forefront of those who address the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with an entrepreneurial and collaborative mindset. Read less